What can lactose-intolerant people eat?
People who are lactose-intolerant are still able to eat and drink certain amounts of dairy products – preferably together with other foods. It is not clear whether lactase products or prebiotic/probiotic dietary supplements help with lactose digestion.
Most people who are lactose-intolerant have no symptoms, or hardly any symptoms, if they eat and drink small amounts of lactose. The symptoms can also be milder if lactose-containing products are consumed together with other foods.
Some research suggests that people can get used to lactose in their diet if they carefully and gradually increase their intake. Experts think that the flora (bacteria) in their large intestine can adapt if they eat and drink dairy products on a regular basis. But there is no proof that this approach does actually work.